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>>> good morning. breaking news. a major 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocks japan triggering a powerful tsunami. the wall of water up to 33 feet high pushing homes and cars miles. at least 32 people are dead so far. there is a tsunami warning in hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march 11, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm ann curry in for matt. this was a powerful earthquake. the images are stunning out of japan. it shows the tsunami sweeping inland, some 60 miles over farmland in sendai japan, 200 miles north of tok yochlt cars, housings, buildings being swept out with this massive wave. >> it started with an 8.9 magnitude quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. it is the largest quake in japan's recorded history and the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. there have been at least 19 aftershocks, including several stronger than last month's devastating quake in new zealand. a tsunami warnin
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. growing fears of a nuclear meltdown after explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant, crippled in the devastated earthquake and tsunami. and the search intensifies, new images emerge of the catastrophe that stunned the world. saturday, march 12, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm amy robak. >> and i'm kacarl quintanilla. >> there is a growing fear of nuclear meltdown in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. a fire at one of two nuclear power plants at the epicenter. you can see the explosion in the distance. injuries there. and the wounds and walls have been destroyed. a possible radiation leak. mandatory evacuations in the areas of both plants. >> as for the death toll, at least 1,300 people have been killed. authorities say that number may rise in hours and days ahead. hundreds unaccounted for, and untold numbers of people are stranded. rescue efforts under way to reach them. >> millions across the country without power. officials have lost contact with
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. the nuclear threat grows here with partial meltdowns reported in two reactors. death toll estimates soar, an extraordinary new look at the moment of the crisis. that unstoppable tsunami that swept away entire communities. this morning, we'll visit the hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. today sunday, march 13th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt in downtown tokyo. >> i'm jenna wolfe back here in new york. a lot going on in japan right now. we are getting reports of partial meltdowns and two of those reactors. i understand, lester, things have gotten much worse overnight. >> jenna, they really have. we have been experiencing a number of aftershocks, but, really, the world wants to focus on the survivors and finding people. watching this nuclear situation play out has been very disturbing. perhaps two meltdowns and a third reactor at the same plant complex may be at risk of an explosion. very di
york, but obviously the situation in japan continues to unfold. now 72 hours after the massive earthquake and tsunami. add to that a component of a nuclear situation that's still very uncertain. let me tell you what we know now. first of all inside studio 1a i'm matt lauer along with al roker and natalie morales. the death toll in japan is expected to exceed 10,000. there are lots -- thousands of people still reported missing. 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. and the u.s. military has shifted some of the fleet a little further from shore after some personnel were exposed to a cloud of low level radiation. the state department is warning americans they should avoid travel to japan. that seems like good advice. >>> also ahead the devastating earthquake that hit on friday was the biggest in japan's recorded history, but the aftermath may be worse with the tsunami washing out swaths of coastal civilization. many areas are cut off. no rescue getting in and very little information getting out. >> plus, six n
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans
>>> good morning. breaking news. japan's nuclear crisis takes a dire turn. high levels of radiation spewing from the damaged nuclear plant following an explosion at a third reactor and a fire in a fourth. an official is calling it, quote, a very bad scerio as officials work to contain the risk today, tuesday, march 15, officials work to contain the risk today, tuesday, march 15, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> officials in japan are saying the radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear power plant is enough to impact human health. >> the big concern is the number 2 reactor which exploded on monday sending more radiation into the air and then a fire at reactor 4 broke out. that one had been shut down for maintenance before the quake. all but 50 employees of the plant have been evacuated. in a nationally televised address japan's prime minister urged anyone living near the plant who had not already evacuated to seal themselves indoors and warned of the very high risk of more leaks. >> you hear
of the earthquake in japan. but the live ramifications of that coming to the bay area as you take a look at the pictures here. skyline boulevard near 92 in san mateo county where dozens and p higher ground anticipating the tsunami that will be hitting the pacific coast in about an hour from now. good morning, everybody. taupg thank you for joining us. i'm brent cannon. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. we have complete coverage right here, right now. >> we have been showing you all the aftermath from the earthquake in japan. we have been talking about the tsunami that generated a massive tsunami where the september enter epicenter occurred. >> 200 to 300 people he died bewept through. >> the sum nam tsunami hit around 5:00 this morning in hawaii. we have a tsunami warning in effect for us this morning. we'll go to christina loren for more on that. >>> good morning to you. we are just about 23 minutes out from the anticipated arrival of the first wave to crescent city. it could be anywhere between six and eight feet in height. we'll continue to watch that for you. my concern is when we see the
americans who are in japan it is time to consider getting out today, thursday, march 17th, 2011. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," disaster in japan with matt lauer and meredith vieira. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie in for meredith who is on assignment. a sign of how desperate things are in japan that they are willing to try such a long shot. helicopters dropping water from the air. >> want to take a look at the video right now. as you can see when they do that a significant amount of that water seems to be dispersed by the wind. now massive high pressure water cannons, the kind you have seen police use on rioters will be used to hoes dose down the reac from the ground. more on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at
along with savannah guthrie and al roker. coming up an update from japan, a country reeling from the devastation and the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami and now the nuclear power crisis. we'll go to ann in akita, japan, for the late nest a while. >> and we'll find out how what's going on in japan may impact your savings and retirement investments here. our panel of financial experts is here to answer that and other questions about your money, financial emergencies like how much to keep on hand in anticipation of a job loss and what debts to pay off now rather than later. we'll get advice on "today" money 911. >> and what to do if your kid wants to quit an activity. parents want their children to excel, but when is the right time and what are the right reasons a child should be allowed to give up an activity? also ahead, the royal wedding. we are counting down the days to the marriage of prince william and kate middleton. one lucky "today" viewer will get to go to london during all the pomp and circumstance. we'll meet our three finalists and then it's up to you to vote. >
of japan. you can see for yourself they are absolutely horrifying. we have been reporting all morning an 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked japan triggering a powerful tsunami about 200 miles north of tokyo. the wall of water pushed homes, cars and debris inland for miles. a short time ago jands police said they have found the bodies of 200 to 300 people killed in the tragedy. i'm meredith vieira along with ann curry. a sad story unfolding. >> it is. it started with the quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. 12:45 in the morning on the east coast. it's the largest recorded quake in japan's history. the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. >> the tsunami has already reached hawaii where many people have been evacuated from coastal areas and there is a tsunami warning up and down the west coast. al is upstairs with the latest. the news is good, al. >> that's good news but it doesn't mean the west coast is out of the woods yet. we'll explain why in a second. you get the earthquake off the japanese coast. the tectonic plates are shifting, causing a rise in the ocean floo
wedding and my tour of westminster abbey in a bit. there are new developments on the crisis in japan, matt. >> there are. officials criticized for downplaying the severity of the crisis have raised the rating of the situation to a 5 on the scale of 1 to 7. that means they expected wider consequences beyond the local area surrounding that troubled plant. for the first time they are admitting they may have been slow to react to the situation and are now asking the united states for help. meredith? >> yeah, matt. there is a bit of news on the royal wedding tied to the situation in japan. just this morning japan's crown prince notified the royal family that he will not be attending the wedding as he deals with the disaster in his own country. meanwhile, as we mentioned on thursday prince william is on a trip to new zealand and today gave a moving speech to the victims of the earthquake there. coming up, what he had to say and we'll talk to someone who's spent time with the prince in recent years and knows him well. >>> then our private tour of the site of the wedding, westminster abbey, by dr.
roker. coming up, more on the developing situation. japan, a nuclear crisis now. officials in japan have raised the level of alert. they say this is now a 5 on the scale of 1 to 7. they are trying to pour water on the troubled reactors using fire trucks. they are talking about other options on the table. we'll have more in a live report from ann in japan in just a couple of minutes. >> she's been doing a terrific job. >> all week long. >> we turn to our health. how many of you suffer from nagging back pain? this can be debilitating for folks. millions suffer from backache every day. believe it or not, a lot of it can be alleviated with simple changes from what you wear to putting down the smartphone and getting the right office chair. we'll tell you thousand how to your nagging back pain. and coming up, the royal treatment. we have three finalists who want to go to london. we are flying them first class where we are going to narrow it down to the three finalists. left it up to you to vote. we'll introduce you to our winner out of the hundreds of people who applied. they are going to fly
in tripoli for the latest. >>> disaster in japan. the desperate efforts to prevent multiple nuclear meltdowns and the search for an american teacher missing. >>> and to the rescue. commuters waiting for a train become heros saving a young woman from a sex offender who appears to be trying to abduct her. it was all caught on camera "today" saturday, march 19th, it was all caught on camera "today" saturday, march 19th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> we have to welcome you back. incredible reporting from japan. and you go out there within 24 hours of the quake. >> my head is still spinning from all we saw, the sights, sounds, fears and emotions. we'll also be talking about another crisis. libya may be reaching a boiling point. today gadhafi says western powers will regret it if they interfere in will i be began affairs. >> gadhafi called the u.n. resolution invalid and this morning there are new reports of fighting in benghazi. gadhafi forces are reportedly trying to storm the city and new images of a warplane that was apparently shot down over the skies of benghazi. this
roker. ann curry is on location in japan. we'll be checking in with her in a second. clearly that is the story that we are all talking about. first you have what is now, by the way, described as a 9.0 earthquake up from 8.9. then the devastating tsunami that followed. now we have an unfolding nuclear crisis that at least one power plant in that country. residents in a wide area have been told to either evacuate or stay indoors. this is the situation that's changing, it seems, hour by hour. we'll have the latest on that coming up. >> we've going to turn to personal finance with a look at some of the best money-saving apps out there for the smart phone. there is an app for just about everything from helping you save money on gas, travel, food and entertainment. also ahead, joy bauer is here with our diet s.o.s. to answer your diet questions from what you should do when buying organic to the best way to give up your diet soda. >> and then 45 days and counting until a much anticipated happy distraction. the royal wedding of prince william and kate middleton. today we'll unveil th
out of japan. what is now being described as a nuclear crisis. desperate measures being taken. military helicopters dropping water on a damaged nuclear reactor. at least one reactor there trying to keep it cool. meanwhile, the u.s. and japanese government seem to be differing on the severity of the situation. the u.s. now saying anybody within 50 miles of that plant, especially americans that we're dealing with, should be out of that area. they are offering voluntary evacuations of american personnel inside japan. we'll have more on the story coming up. >> we'll turn to issues at home and how you know if you have got the right doctor for you. we're going to give you some advice about how to find a new physician and how can you find out about the quality of care that the doctor provides. it's a concierge doctor. we'll get into that issue. >>> later on we all want to pass on certain things to our children including a nice little nest egg. could you be passing on bad financial habits? we'll take a look at the wrong things you may be doing for your kids from overusing credit cards
>>> good morning. breaking news. a surge in radiation levels at the crippled nuclear plant in japan forces emergency crews to evacuate overnight. while they are now getting back to work, there are new fears that those 50 heroic workers could be running out of options today, wednesday, march 16, 2011. r captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. meredith is on assignment. you just think about the pressure those workers must be under, the sacrifice they may be making. they are being dubbed the fukushima 50, one of the last lines of defense against an all-out meltdown. >> imagine the concern when they were temporarily pulled from the plant overnight after radiation levels spiked for a short term. another concern, the second fire reactor number four today, where spent fuel rods are being stored. >> in a rare appearance, japan's emperor delivered a televised address saying he was, quote, deeply worried, but urged people not to give up hope. we are going to have
return to the damaged nuclear plant in japan to try to stop the smoke, steam and radiation that's escaping. this morning they have hit a new snag when it comes to re-establishing power to the facility. >>> and sorry, charlie. just two weeks after giving him the boot, cbs is reportedly in talks to bring charlie sheen back to "two and a half men." but after everything each side has said, can anyone say they are winning today? has said, can anyone say they are winning today? tuesday, march 22, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry in for meredith. the crash of a u.s. fighter jet happened overnight near the city of benghazi. the cause was likely mechanical. >> the pilots ejected and one crew member has been recovered. the other is what they are calling in the process of being recovered. let's get to jim miklaszewski. what can you tell us? >> reporter: you're right. search and rescue efforts continue for one of two crew members aboard the u.s. air force f-15 eagle when it cra
. >> mark, thank you very much. >>> turning now to japan, there are renewed worries over radiation contamination once again in sea water near the damaged fukushima plant. authorities are also trying new methods to cool the reactors they think might be working better. nbc's lee cowan is in tokyo with the latest. me, good morning. >> reporter: yeah, this is actually the second time that they found elevated radiation levels in the ocean water near that plant, but in time it was 1,000 times, more than 1,000 times than it should be. and that's prompting the government to say that they are going to increase the level of monitoring that's already in place. the higher than normal concentration of iodine in the nearby sea water is just the latest worry for those struggling to get the nuclear plant stabilized. the levels are more than 1,000 times the legal limit and came from water tested near the drain outlets for the troubled reactor, only increasing fierce of what that may do to the fishery. the news follows word yesterday that radioactive water inside unit number three had been leaking e
reactors at japan's nuclear plant. a major mile stone as crews race to try to stop the smoke, steam and radiation that is still escaping. >>> and sorry, charlie. just two weeks after giving him the boot, cbs is reportedly in talks to bring charlie sheen back to "two and a half men." but after everything each side has said, can anyone really say they're winning today tuesday, march 22nd, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. it's 7:00 on the west coast. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry in for meredith. the fighter jet crashed overnight west of benghazi. >> we're being told the cause was likely mechanical. we'll get right to the story. jim miklaszewski has the story. jim, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. those airmen were flying east of benghazi when their f-15 fighter jet experienced mechanical difficulty. despite the crew's attempts to save the aircraft, they were forced to punch out and the f-15 fighter jet crashed into the desert. now, once the air with their chutes were deployed, the two airm
morning, everybody. this is a shocking development out of japan. imagine how concerned you would be as a parent if there was radiation in the drinking water that was twice the recommended level for infants. >> that's what millions of parents in tokyo are dealing with this morning. levels of radioactive iodine were found at a treatment center. now parents are advised not to give it to infants. the latest in a live report from tokyo ahead. >> also ahead, richard engel has made his way to the rebel front lines in libya following a fourth straight night of coalition missile strikes. >> a lot of serious stories to talk about. but on a lighter note, have you seen this viral video. this is a 5-month-old boy who can't decide what to make of the sound of his mom blowing her nose. first he's laughing, then horrified. then bursts out laughing again. i think 8 million people have watched this online. we'll watch the little boy and his parents coming up. >> on a more serious note, the dangerousle levels of radiation in tokyo's drinking level. robert bazell joins us again this morning. hey, bo
. >>> and miracle rescue. nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today is sunday march 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolf. breaking news out of libya today where the assault on gadhafi intensifies. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used dropping bottoms in a libyan airfield. american pilots are taking part in the mission and now more u.s. fighter jets are attacking libyan ground forces. >> we're still in the first 24 hours of the coalition operation against libya after he refused to comply with the cease-fire. the u.s. says 114 tomahawk cruise mills were fired on libya. 20 locations along the coast have been targeted. 48 people have already been killed. >> moammar gadhafi is as defianç as ever this morning and called the raids terrorism and said the aggression may trigger what he labeled a large scale c
in calling twarning it could ignit a crisis war. >>> nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today, sunday, march 20th, 201 from the rubble. today, sunday, march 20th, 201 1. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. breaking news out of libya. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says that three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used in the operation dropping some 40 bombs on a libyan air field. it is significant for the first time because the raid began american pilots are now taking part in the mission and now more u.s. fighter jets are attacking libyan ground forces, we're told. >> we're still in the first 24 hours after libya refused to comply with the u.n. calls for a cease-fire. the u.s. says 114 tomahawk cruise missiles were fired on libya. at least 20 air defense locations along the coast have been targeted. libya says 48 people have already been killed. >>> meantime, moammar gadhafi is as defiant as ever. he called
nuclear plant in japan after water inside tested 10,000 times more radioactive than normal. and this morning officials are expanding the voluntary evacuation zone. we'll have the latest in a live report. >>> wake-up call. the f.a.a. suspends a veteran tower controller after he fell asleep during his overnight shift at reagan national airport. it could lead to major safety changes nationwide. >>> final wish. elizabeth taylor laid to rest during an emotional private service and at her request she arrived fashionably late. one last grand entrance for a hollywood legend today, friday sh mar, hollywood legend today, friday sh mar, march 25, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm mcalistatt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. just a short time ago japan's prime minister delivered an address to his nation issuing an apology to farmers and businesses damaged by the nuclear crisis. he's been thanking the so-called fukushima 50r, the workers who stayed inside the plant trying to cool the reactors. >> the most recent
tripoli this morning. thank you very much. it's 11 after the hour. meredith? >> now to japan where the struggle to bring the stricken nuclear plant under control has hit another big snag. another aftershock raised more fears in the region. lee cowan is in tokyo for us. lee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we learned more about the water flooding the buildings of the reactors. in one, the radiation levels were more than 100,000 times normal. late tonight we found out there are apparently tunnels that carry electrical circuits and piping. those, too, are flooded with radioactive water. they are running out of places to pump it. >> 6.5 earthquake jolted miyagi -- >> reporter: as aftershocks jolted the region, this one 6.5, word came that radiation levels spiked, not only in the water flooding the buildings of the plant but in the sea water just off the coast n. the turbine building of the number two reactors they were registering 1,000 times the radiation levels, likely the result of a partial meltdown, far more dangerous than the pool of water workers stepped in last week th
at the nuclear plant in japan, smoke rising from the reactor forced them to evacuate again. this as milk and vegetables are pulled from near the site due to fears of contamination. >>> and a female wing walker fighting for her life after her husband was forced to crash land the airplane. he speaks about her condition the airplane. he speaks about her condition today, monday march 21, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. busy monday morning. i'm matt lauer. ann curry is back from japan, in for meredith. what a job you did on what was a difficult trip. >> it was difficult for everyone involved. i think we are all thinking of the people who are there and especially for the japanese. we'll have the latest from japan including the latest evacuation of the workers from the nuclear power plant and also the detection of radiation on spinach and milk coming up, matt. >> also ahead the u.s. army is issuing an apology for disturbing photos that portray abuse allegedly committed by u.s. troops serving in afghanistan. they were
of the day. what's happening in libya, the tragedies in japan and other places around the world. the question becomes how do we talk to our kids about it? what's a good way to help calm their worries? i know you have been talking about this, al, in terms of your children. we have advice coming up this morning. >> lots to get to. natalie is at the news desk this morning. good morning again. >> good morning, matt and al. good morning, even. we begin with high levels of radiation being reported in reactors 1 and 2 at the fukushima nuclear plant. the japanese government had warned of an apparent leak from reactor 3 and expanded the voluntary evacuation zone to beyond the 18-mile perimeter. u.s. military officials tell nbc news that a nato commander will likely take the helm of enforcing the no-fly zone in libya tomorrow. this move doesn't immediately mean the end of u.s.-led air strikes in that country. since the start of the operation the u.s. has flown about 70% of the air strikes over libya and it's still uncertain how long a transition of leadership will last. representatives from moammar gad
of two got a six-month fellowship in japan, an opportunity of a lifetime to do research for a book. although her kids visited her in japan, their time apart made her realize she didn't want to be a full-time mom anymore. >> i realized that i had lost myself a little bit and i wanted to -- to give myself more priority. >> reporter: when she returned home, she ended her 20-year marriage, leaving behind her two young sons, just 5 and 3. and admitting she never even wanted children. >> i didn't want to be a mother. and that was because i had this idea that motherhood was this really all-encompassing thing. i was afraid of being swallowed up by that. >> reporter: she penned the memoir "hiroshima in the morning" detailing the criticism she faced for leaving. >> there were friend that i had that wouldn't talk to me anymore. i left my children. unacceptable. absolutely -- it didn't matter what the reality was. and it was a really -- it was a really sad time. >> reporter: her situation is rare. less than 4% of children live with her father only. still, experts say many mothers do feel overw
wars underway, he's engaged in what's a third war. the world's third largest economy, japan, has been good afternoonly wounded by earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear melttown. one of the members of the security team said i'm morer worried about that than libya. here at home we have a recession we cannot completely get out of yet and political problems over the budget in washington. all of that has arrived at the oval office at the same time. when presidents get elected it's their job to take on the big assignments, the big challenges. few have come as swiftly as these have from unexpected circumstances. >> tom, always good to have you here to lend your perspective. >> okay. >> 14 minutes after the hour. let's check on the top stories from ann. now i can see you over at the news desk. >> thank you very much. good morning, everybody. as tom mentioned he talked about japan's nightmare which worsened. trace amounts of plutonium, one of the most dangerous substances, are seeping into the soil around the plant crippled by the earthquake. hundreds of tons of contaminated water are slowing effo
in for me at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. in japan, radiation levels are on the rise in the evacuation zone near the troubled nuclear facility may not be enough. lee cowan has more from tokyo. lee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. the latest news comes from the iaea who says there have been high radiation levels found far outside the current evacuation zone prompting fears that perhaps the crisis may widen. foukushima is already a waste land. deserted streets and empty shops that some 70,000 residents may never return to again. new tests done by the international atomic energy commission found dangerous levels of radiation in a vielg 25 miles outside that seclusion zone suggesting that the no-go area for humans may have to be doubled. >> the situation remains very serious. >> reporter: officials say the levels aren't high enough for acute radiation illness but they far exceed the standards for the general public designed to cut the risk of cancer. japan's government spokesman said they are taking the findings under advisement but had no plans to widen
radiation said to be 10 million times higher than normal at the crippled power plant in japan. is the nuclear teat spreading? we're live from tokyo. >>> and royal treat. traditional meets taste as prince william and kate middleton choose a cake for their wedding. we'll hear from the baker and a sample to saver here in our studio. sample to saver here in our studio. today, sunday, march 27th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i am jenna wolfe. we don't have a sample of the actual cake, that would put a damper on the actual wedding. we have a fruit cake. have you heard of a fruit cake for a wedding cake? >> not here but tradition in england. if will have a strong british floral theme. sounds good. anyway, they ordered one for their big day. what is in it and what are the special touches kate requested? we have one here in our studio that we had custom baked and we'll let you know how it is. >> still, fruit cake. >> it has the icing. >> if you can scrape off all the icing, you have t
to people in places like japan and kwlab. between to switch gears and talk about the crisis in japan. tokyo's drinking water supply has spiked to radiation levels dangerous for infants. emergency workers were evacuated yet again. robert bazell is in tokyo with the details on this story. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you can see it is raining here in tokyo now. the fact is it has been raining like this for days. it has driven the radiation escaping from the plant into the ground and into the groundwater. as a result, main distribution station for water here in tokyo, they found radioactive iodide levels. you can imagine that's very concerning for a lot of parents. at the reactor itself as we pointed out, some signs of progress but the black smoke and other things are setbacks. this is a crisis that shows no sign of ending any time soon. at this water plan that serves the greater tokyo area, officials found levels of iodide twice as high it is a standard for infants. officials told parents to only give infants bottled water. yet again today black smoke rising from reactor numb
in japan. lee cowan has more from tokyo. lee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, the levels were more than 3,000 times the normal level but experts say it is still not a threat to human safety. it's the highest level read so far since the crisis started and engineers still don't know where the leak is coming from. new aerial pictures of the stricken plant are offering some of the best glimpses yet of the extent of the damage. through a hole blasted in the roof by a hydrogen explosion, experts say they can now tell that some crucial pipes are missing. experts believe it is damaged plumbing that's likely the source of leaking radioactive water, a development that kept workers from making any real progress in getting the crisis under control. officials said today that radiation in nearby seawater had nearly doubled and they are worried that more contaminated water may seep into the ocean if they can't find the source of the leak. so stressful is the situation it was announced the president of the utility who owns the plant was taken to the hospital suffering hypertension and di
in the transition is now expected. officials in japan say radiation readings on sea water near the damaged nuclear plant hit their highest levels yet. officials say it doesn't pose an immediate threat to human health but fishing has been banned. engineers are struggling to find the source of leaking radiation at the plant. a wisconsin judge has once again blocked implementation of a hotly contested law that would limit collective bargaining rights of public unions. wisconsin republicans had attempted to work around the judge's previous rules and tried to put the law into effect by publishing it online. the judge declared that move invalid. >>> in his first address since deadly protests started this month the syrian president said today that conspirators are trying to destroy the country. he did acknowledge that some of the demands for government reform are legitimate. >>> a new study ranks health of people county by county in all 50 states. the survey shows that where you live, work and play makes a tremendous difference in your health. paige edwards is 14 years old and learning to tie her own sho
.5 earthquake rattled nerves along japan's quake-ravaged coastline. the tremor briefly triggered a tsunami alert that was dropped. japanese officials say radioactive iodine is leaking from the crippled nuclear facility. >>> unrest in the middle east. yemen's embattled president has rescinded the offer to step down by year's end as the militant opposition gained power. in syria, troops have been discharged to put down unrest in the south. this as two reuters journalists are reported missing and secretary of state hillary clinton ruled out u.s. involvement in syria over the weekend. >>> crews cleaned up jet fuel that spilled when 25 freight cars derailed in ontario 65 miles east of toronto. dozens of homes were evacuated but the immediate threat has subsided. >>> a boat capsized in san diego bay last night killing at least two and injuring eight others. at least two of the victims were children. officials say ty are investigating what caused the boat to flip and sink. >>> the american academy of pediatrics is warning parents about a condition called facebook depression. they say troubled teens who
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